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Blakemore Tube- It is used in life threatening upper GI bleeding from ruptured esophageal/gastric varices. It holds pressure on the bleeding varices. This is only a temporary method to buy time for more definitive procedures to stop the bleeding. The tube is inserted [by an MD], kinda like a NG Tube. It’s inserted all the way to the stomach. The tube has 3 ports. 1st the MD will blow up the esophageal balloon to hold pressure on the esophageal varices [Port 1]. 2nd he will blow up the…

Esophageal varices may or may not bleed. The condition that bleeds is life-threatening. Treatment aims to prevent or stop the bleeding, to avoid complications.... http://www.natural-health-news.com/esophageal-varices-symptoms-causes-diagnosis-and-treatment

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Diet for a Patient With Esophageal Varices

If you or a loved one is dealing with esophageal varices, the goal of your diet should be to provide nutrition for health and healing while preventing any...

Illustration shows blood backing up into the portal vein which can cause bleeding from the esophageal varices.

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